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Underfloor heating: How does it compare with other heaters?

Underfloor heating provides a much more comfortable environment as the heat is radiated evenly from the floor, leaving no cold spots and avoiding draughts.

Heat generated from electric floor heating is radiant heat (like the warmth of the sun).  Radiant heat does not warm the air directly, but it warms all solid objects, including obviously, the occupants. There is minimal convection, giving you that tip-toe comfort.  

With convection heating, air is being heated which subsequently rises to the ceiling whilst cold air gets sucked to the bottom of the heater. An oil-filled fin heater or reverse cycle air conditioner are typical convection heaters.

Compared to air convection heaters, floor heating offers the following benefits:

  • Improvement in comfort levels.
  • Better indoor air quality - minimal drying effect or circulation of dust and allergens.
  • Heats the area evenly compared to a conventional free standing heater.
  • No hazard for physical injuries due to accidental contact leading to tripping and falling.  This is why floor heating is so popular in hospitals and health care institutions.
  • No maintenance.
  • Occupies no wall space.
  • Heaters are very quiet.

 

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